The BBC has reaffirmed its commitment to rugby by agreeing a deal with the sport’s governing body to televise the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and highlights of the First Utility Super League until 2020.
During this time the BBC will air live sixth round, quarter-final and semi-final matches with parallel coverage also
RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: “The Challenge Cup has a rich heritage and I am delighted that we have agreed a deal with the BBC that ensures one of the major national sporting events of the year will continue to be watched by millions of fans across the country. We are a sport that is enjoyed by a wide range of people from across the UK and we want to ensure that as many of them as possible enjoy watching it.”
BBC director of sport, Barbara Slater added:” Rugby League is much loved by our audiences and a key part of our output, with our coverage of the Challenge Cup, the Super League, live radio commentaries and extensive online coverage combining to showcase the sport to the widest possible audiences.”
The BBC is also committed to live coverage of the Autumn tests, the 2016 Four Nations and the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.